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93 • Ironstone 2007 Petite Sirah, Lodi $10. Best Buy.
Bright dense amethyst color. Bold crispy bacon, black raspberry, and hardwood charcoal aromas follow through on a vibrant entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with gobs of fruit and a dash of vanilla cream. Finishes with a long, tangy, firm tannin fade. Tons of character and great choice for spicy beef Chimichurri. (tasted on Jun-01-2009)
93 • Norman 2006 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles $20. Cellar Selection.
Cracked pepper, cigar wrapper and ash, roasted nut, and raspberry creme brulee aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a fruity yet dry medium-full body with vanilla bean and pencil shaving notes. Finishes with a long, rich, fruit and granola like chewy tannin fade. (tasted on Jun-01-2009)
90 • Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2006 Reserve, Petite Sirah, Yolo County $18.
Rich aromas of salsa, creamy vanilla, ink and spicy blueberry cobbler follow through on a supple, silky entry to a juicy fruity medium-full body with great depth and balanced. Finishes with along, chewy praline-like tannin fade (tasted on Jun-01-2009)
89 • Midnight Cellars 2005 "Eclipse", Petite Sirah, Paso Robles $25. Cellar Selection.
Aromas of caramelized nuts, egg custard, and figs follow through on a supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with tart blackberry, dried cranberry and peppery spice notes. Finishes with a long, cedar and spice fade. Nicely styled for now or later. (tasted on Jun-01-2009)
86 • Concannon 2006 Limited Release, Petite Sirah, Central Coast $15. Best Buy.
Deep garnet violet color. Compacted aromas of dried strawberries and blueberries, coconut creme brulee crust, old cedar, and delicate black peppercorn follow through on a silky entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with raw cranberry and slate notes. Finishes with a pithy, powdery tannin fade. (tasted on Jun-01-2009)
83 • Christine Andrew 2006 Petite Sirah, Lodi $15.
Aromas of blackberry custard, pepper dust, stewed peppers and okra and lit matchstick follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with graphite and tart berry and sour cherry skin notes. Finishes with a firm, dusty tannin fade. (tasted on Jun-01-2009)
82 • DH Lescombes 2007 Limited Release, Petite Sirah, New Mexico $41.|Find-a-Wine|
Inky violet color. Chocolate sour cream frosting, cinnamon, candied ginger, and lavender soap aromas follows through on a round entry to a slight sour and tangy medium body with musty, pithy notes on the quick finish. (tasted on May-04-2009)